Claudia Goldin

Henry Lee Professor of Economics

Department of Economics, Harvard University

NLS user since 1992

  • "Exploring the Present Through the Past: Career and Family across the Last Century," American Economic Review P&P (May 1997). Reprinted in Women and the Economy (2003).
  • "Career and Family: College Women Look to the Past," in Gender and Family Issues in the Workplace (1997).
  • "The Long Road to the Fast Track: Career and Family," The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (2003).
  • "The 'Quiet Revolution' that Transformed Women's Employment, Education and Family," American Economic Review (May 2006).
What I learned from NLS data

Too much to put in one small rectangle. I have learned from my own work and I have learned (possibly more) from others. To give one example, I learned that young women formed their aspirations differently in the 1968 NLS cohort, when its respondents were young, than they did as they matured and that the 1979 NLS cohort, when it was young, had aspirations more like the 1968 cohort when it was older.

Why I chose NLS data

The NLS is an unparalleled document for US researchers because of its longitudinal focus. Researchers in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have administrative data that have this feature. But we, in the US, must create that by interviewing people year after year. For me, it was serendipitous that the NLS had a 1968 and a 1979 cohort of women since I needed precisely those years for my work.